Online dating sites can look especially enticing during the holiday season. After all, it seems like everyone around you is snuggling up with their significant other around the fireplace, kissing under the mistletoe, or getting engaged on Christmas Eve.

If you’re single, how can you set up the best profile to get the best responses? Online dating can be an adventure and setting up a dating profile can be a bit intimidating, but don’t worry – BLAC is here to help. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

1Be honest (it’s rare).

Honesty is the best policy when it comes to online dating, so make sure that your profile accurately reflects who you are and what you’re looking for. If you’re a saint, say that; if you have a kink or fetish, be up front. If you’re short, balding and 300 pounds, be honest; it makes for a more authentic and better experience.

2Be positive. No one cares what you don’t want.

Don’t make your profile too negative and don’t focus on all the things you don’t want in a partner. Keep it upbeat and focus on what you do want instead. Keep your exes and failed relationships out of it. Look towards the future and dream big, bitch!

3It’s OK to flirt. Ladies, make the first move.

Use your profile to show off your unique personality and interests. This will help potential matches get to know you better and could even lead to more conversations.

4Include great photos.

Photos are a great way to show off who you are and what you look like. Just make sure they’re recent and high-quality. Don’t go at this alone; have a friend or a co-worker. Even your kid knows your best angles. Enlist help to capture the best representation of you in real time. No more showing photos from 10+ years ago. That’s dishonest. And revisit tip #1.

Tips on making great first dates

First dates can be a great way to get to know someone, so it’s important to make sure that you’re doing all you can to make yours one to remember! Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your date:

Choose a fun and interesting activity. Whether it’s going to a concert, trying a new restaurant, or playing mini-golf, do something that will give you plenty of time to talk and get to know one another.

Dress appropriately. Feel confident and look your best. It’s important to make sure you feel comfortable, but also make sure that you’re respecting the other person’s opinion.

Make sure that your date feels comfortable. Make sure to read the situation and be mindful of your date’s needs.

Ask questions. It’s important to keep the conversation going and ask your date questions about themselves. Show genuine interest in what they have to say.

Respect each other’s boundaries. Make sure to be aware of each other’s comfort levels and respect each other’s limits.

Have fun! Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy the moment. Relax and let your true personality shine!

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